LU-sponsored NASCAR driver William Byron earns pole position for Daytona 500

LU-sponsored NASCAR driver William Byron earns pole position for Daytona 500

William Byron put Hendrick Motorsports in a familiar position: on the pole for the Daytona 500. In addition, this is the fifth straight pole for Hendrick Motorsports at the season-opener.

William Byron won the pole for this Sunday's Daytona 500.

Elliott, NASCAR's most popular driver, drives for Hendrick Motorsports and Dillon races for Germain Racing. It's the second time in the last three years the team has swept the prized grid positions.

"When I had a auto in the back, one in the front, one in the middle of qualifying, then you have to answer to sponsors - 'Why aren't you giving them the same stuff?'" said Hendrick.

So toothless was Johnson a season ago that the decision was made to separate him from Chad Knaus, the crew chief with whom he won the seven championships - a distinction he shares with legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

"It's really good for Chad to come out of the box with he and William to sit on the front row, " Hendrick said. Will Hendrick show this same speed in a 200 lap race? Johnson showed that his post-season split with Knaus is working out well for both driver and crew chief.

"It's a big morale booster".

"The cars were just dead equal in the windtunnel". No secret we didn't have the year we wanted last year, so coming out of the gate, no matter what happens, we get to celebrate this for a week.

The Hendrick cars were mediocre at best - Johnson failed to win for the first time in his Cup career - and it took 22 races for the organization to get its first victory. "We still need a points race win to say we've been back to Victory Lane", said Johnson. This is kind of the first step of our process together, so hopefully it goes well next Sunday. Listen to us discuss the Great American Motorsport, NASCAR! The first of only two cup races to be held at the Daytona International Speedway each year, this event has become a household name. Just a really big day for the 48 team, and just building the confidence that we're going to need to carry into the season. Kevin and I, this team have mentioned it many times, many different ways, I'm far from done.

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